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Homeplus probed over data leak

Executives of South Korean retail giant Homeplus have been banned from leaving the country due to their suspected involvement in the recent leaking of their clients’ personal information, investigators said Friday.The joint investigative team on crimes related to personal information, hea...

Updated : 2014.09.19 21:07

Hyundai worker ruling likely to affect Samsung, GM

A Seoul court’s ruling on Friday paved the way for 253 more nonregular employees of Hyundai Motor to be given regular employee status with the automaker, following a similar verdict the previous day.The Seoul Central District Court, which on Thursday ruled that 994 nonregular workers are ...

Updated : 2014.09.19 21:06

Appeals court temporarily retains legal status of teachers' union

Upholding a lower court ruling, a Seoul high court on Friday recognized the status of a progressive teachers' union as a legal trade union, pending its decision on the status.In October, the government outlawed the Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union (KTU) due to its repeated refus...

Updated : 2014.09.19 15:30

Sexual abuse accusations grow against ex-Assembly speaker

Fresh allegations about former National Assembly Speaker Park Hee-tae’s sexual assault of a woman are magnifying public anger with him, as he earlier downplayed the charges raised by investigative agencies.Park argued last week that he only displayed affection toward the complainant, a go...

Updated : 2014.09.19 11:34

[Graphic News] Seoul women wait longest to have kids

Almost three-quarters of women who gave birth last year in Seoul were in their 30s, according to the city’s municipal government. Women in Seoul on average gave birth to their first child at age 31.5...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:41

Hyundai Motor temp workers gain regular status in court case

A group of contract workers in the automotive industry has partly won their class action suit against Hyundai Motor. The company had previously designated them as nonregular workers.The Seoul Central ...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:40

Unification Ministry budget to increase 10.4% next year

South Korea announced a double-digit increase in next year’s budget for its ministry handling North Korean affairs on Thursday, emboldened by President Park Geun-hye’s reunification drive.The Unification Ministry’s total budget will jump 10.4 percent on-year to 1.4 trillion won ($1.3 bi...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:39

Sunfull launches joint corps with People.cn for cyberdiplomacy

The Sunfull Movement, which campaigns for positive online comments, launched a “Korea-China youth cyberdiplomatic corps” with People.cn, the Web portal of China’s state-run newspaper People’s Dail...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:38

Korea to hold eco-friendly U.N. biodiversity meeting

South Korea will endeavor to make a meeting on an environmental convention of the United Nations, slated for late this month, eco-friendly by building convention halls using environmentally-sound materials, officials said Thursday. The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the C...

Updated : 2014.09.18 19:58

Experts press gov't to revamp procurement policy to boost helicopter industry

South Korea's government must revamp its outdated procurement policy to help fuel the growth of its helicopter industry that possesses good export potential, local experts said Thursday.In a meeting hosted by Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) in Seoul, researchers, government officials...

Updated : 2014.09.18 16:56

Korea detains U.S. man trying to cross border

South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.The man was arrested Tuesday night at a river near the Korean Demilitarized Zone, part of a restricted military are...

Updated : 2014.09.17 21:05

Man gets suspended sentence for assaulting air stewardess

The Daejeon District Court on Wednesday sentenced a man in his 50s to one year in jail, suspended for three years, for assaulting a female flight attendant on board a flight from Incheon to Australia last March.The man was found to have hit the attendant on the face and chest after being a...

Updated : 2014.09.17 21:04

U.S. soldiers likely to avoid imprisonment despite assault

Three U.S. soldiers who harassed Korean women at a water park are likely to avoid prison as they were given a two-year probation, though a court in Gyeonggi Province sentenced them to jail terms between six and 10 months on Wednesday.According to the Suwon District Court, the three U.S. Fo...

Updated : 2014.09.17 21:03

Prosecutors to appeal acquittal of election meddling charges for ex-spymaster

  Prosecutors said Wednesday they have decided to appeal a court ruling that cleared a former chief of the state intelligence agency of meddling in the 2012 presidential election, one day before the deadline for filing an appeal.   Last week, Won Sei-hoon, former director of the Nationa...

Updated : 2014.09.17 19:44

Telemedicine pilot to begin this month

Seoul announced Tuesday that it would launch the long-awaited pilot program for telemedicine services in hospitals starting this month, without the support and participation of the largest representat...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:39